Diarrhoea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, often known as morning sickness, is very common in early pregnancy.It can affect you anytime during the day or night, and usually settles by 16-20 weeks. Some women suffer with severe sickness during pregnancy, this is called hyperemesis gravidarum and may require treatment from your GP.

Diarrhoea and vomiting is not usually pregnancy related and most commonly caused by gastroenteritis (a tummy bug). During bouts of sickness and/ or diarrhoea it is important to remain hydrated. If you are vomiting, try to take sips of water (little and often) rather than large volumes in one go.

Diarrhoea usually last 5-7 days and vomiting usually lasts 1-2 days.

If something just doesn't feel right contact your local maternity team

East and North Hertfordshire (The Lister Hospital):

01438 284124

West Essex (The Princess Alexandra Hospital):

01279 444455, extension 2945

South and West Hertfordshire (Watford General Hospital):

01923 217343


For more information on local services please click here.


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